Grateful Dead Live at Gaelic Park on 1971-08-26
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
d1t01 - Bertha
d1t02 - Playing In The Band
d1t03 - Mr. Charlie
d1t04 - Sugaree
d1t05 - El Paso
d1t06 - Big Boss Man
d1t07 - Big Railroad Blues
d1t08 - Hard To Handle
d1t09 - Beat It On Down The Line
d1t10 - Loser
d1t11 - Sugar Magnolia
d1t12 - Empty Pages
d1t13 - Good Lovin'
d2t01 - Casey Jones
d2t02 - //Me And My Uncle
d2t03 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t04 - I Know You Rider
d2t05 - Deal
d2t06 - Cumberland Blues
d2t07 - Truckin' ->
d2t08 - Drums ->
d2t09 - The Other One
d2t10 - Next Time You See Me
d2t11 - Me And Bobby McGee
d2t12 - Uncle John's Band
d3t01 - Saint Stephen ->
d3t02 - Not Fade Away ->
d3t03 - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
d3t04 - Not Fade Away
d3t05 - Johnny B. Goode
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|Playing In The Band|
|Big Boss Man|
|Big Railroad Blues|
|Hard To Handle|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|//Me And My Uncle|
|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|I Know You Rider|
|The Other One|
|Next Time You See Me|
|Me And Bobby McGee|
|Uncle John's Band|
|Saint Stephen ->|
|Not Fade Away ->|
|Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->|
|Not Fade Away|
|Johnny B. Goode|
-- I 'tried' to fix the levels with Cool Edit Pro v2.0
-- d1t12 static in one channel in the last second on the song that was fixed
-- I cleaned this up as best as I could without going crazy!
-- It's not perfect, but it's better
-- Thanks to Steve Rolfe for the source Dat
- 2008-04-18 05:28:52
- Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude Professional 8.01 ->
- New York , NY
- Run time
- Taped by
- Steve Rolfe
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Gaelic Park
Subject: My First Show
Subject: Grading shows
Subject: Single show trips
This show has some history attached. It was the only show at this venue - the next 16 NYC shows were at the Felt Forum or Academy of Music, in Manhattan, and in Jersey City. This was the last show before rehearsals with Keith and the last Pig show until December (he spent much of this time in hospital). This is a makeup show from 7/30, and they had to make the trip east for a single gig. This was at the Gaelic Sports Centre in Kingsbridge, Bronx, NYC - briefly a rock venue. It's in the northernmost part of the city, right next to Manhattan College [who were the promoters] and Van Cortland Park. What are the "gaelic sports" for which it was designed? That would be: Gaelic Football [nope, not soccer], Rounders [nope,not baseball], Camogie and Hurling [nope, not the college party version]. Plus the field was used by the college. It's right on 240th, so people on the street could hear/see the show, and apparently people stood on the adjacent trains platform [here elevated at the northern terminal] - back before things like that earned a $300 dollar ticket and/or thousands in attorney fees, because society wasn't so policed. The band likely took the booking because the Fillmore East had just closed.
They didn't know it, but this would be the last show for the original five members. Admittedly, by 8/71 Pig wasn't a focus as much. He would wander on and offstage for congas and other percussion at this time, rather than just manning the organ. This was sold out at 15,000 - maybe the delayed date helped. The show was partially traded, bitd of B&P, because of the WBAI broadcast. Phil apparently said, during a tuning, that this was the last time they were going to do a single show like this [anyway, Sam Cutler put an end to the zigzagging]. They added two Chicago shows, but trucking across the continent for one college show surely lost them money (the crew had to cross the country twice in a month). It had been rescheduled after the equipment truck had an accident leaving California. The show started before many even got in, because there was rain forecast. It did drizzle by the end. The Sugar Mag is sometimes noted, but probably not as often as the historical interest; at any rate there's more going on here.
First Set. It's the solid pulse that sells this Bertha. Excellent launch. Playin' is rote but you might really get off on Bobby's rhythm backing Pig's Mr. Charlie. Sugaree is just now improving - in time for the Keith injection. El Paso is tight but flat-ish. After the two Bigs comes yet another classic Hard to Handle from Aug. '71, and the final one, as Pig opted not to break it out when he played the east coast in Dec and then E72. There's some iffy tape qual here (and you need the AUD for the beginning), but it winds up to a superb jam. Even if not the best of the month, it's still a hot send-off and the Weinberg AUD is impressive here. Beat it on Down the Line-6 doesn't hold a candle to the April versions but Sugar Magnolia is frequently noted. What makes it? Classic Jer snarl and Pigpen on güiro! Pig then does his Empty Pages - the second one and the last. It's better than 8/24, though it would never have the chance to fully develop. An average Good Lovin' starts in mono and Casey ends the set.
Second Set. This is like the usual 2nd set but with a few extra songs tacked onto the front. The first 8sec of Me & My Uncle are AUD-only. All of the versions of China Cat in August '71 are fine, though this Rider has issues. Jer's guitar disappears, then the vox, so Bobby sings the northbound train (a pro, Jer always played through a broken string, so there's a different issue). The problem fixed, they go through a few average '71 versions and just the briefest of Drums before The Other One. It easily slides way out, including psychedelic terror @8:30! You must hear this once. I'm not sure what waltz Jer plays in this tuning because several use this melody [like Bill Monroe's Mighty Pretty Waltz], but they played a longer version on 4/8/71. Then it's a brief Spring Song before flâneurs of Next Time & Bobby McGee. You can hear Pigpen playing the claves for Uncle John's. It starts brisk but the tempo gets slower and slower. Nice tight finish though, and gets you ready for a fabulous sequence starting with Saint Stephen. Then you score a couple keen jam sections in Not Fade when you playback it. Goin' Down the Road gifts with alacrity and Pig returns to the stage for the NFA reprise. After a long break (supposedly over half an hour), Johnny B. Goode sends them onto 240th happy.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¼ stars
Bertha - solid pulse
Hard to Handle - final Pig classic; great send-off
Sugar Magnolia - oft-noted version, Pig güiro
Empty Pages - best version
Saint Stephen>Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - show's best sequence
SOURCES: The miller-rolfe_32351 is the patched and levelled SBD. The best copy of the famous Marty Weinberg AUD is sirmick_35374. Both AUDs and SBDs have cut the long tunings.
Subject: Happy LXX Birthday Ron!
I love everything about this tape.
And I don't know if it was me, Memorex, or what, but did I hear a Harley towards the end of Love Not Fade Away? Otherwise, the drummers are kicking royal A**!!!
Subject: another treat from CM
Bertha, Cumberland and Truckin' are solid.
Subject: more tidbits
Subject: Historical tidbit
"I don't remember the exact details of my meeting with Jerry; instead I recall dreamlike bits and pieces of a trippy conversation. I can hear myself asking Jerry, 'How's it going, man?' And I can see him standing there, smiling through that beard.
'Good, man, good. We're taking it to the people tonight.'
I think I might have thrown a 'Right on, brother' back at him.
Jerry was exactly as advertised: a laid-back hippie who seemed less like a rock star than a guy you'd see strumming his guitar outside a subway station, case open, bumming for quarters. He was a god at the time, but you'd never have known it by watching him. Even onstage he was content to just stand there and jam, his demeanor no different in front of 10,000 fans (or 100,000) than it was when he played in Bay Area coffeehouses. You had to admire that about him. The guy was genuine."
Ace Frehley, "No Regrets: A Rock n' Roll Memoir" (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2011) 53-54.
Subject: H2H deux
I was at Gaelic Park in early 70s. Saw Yes and J.Giels band (yes strange twin bill). It was a rundown Irish football stadium that had a chain link fence up by the stage. The dead musta blew the heads out this night -fer' sure
Set 2 delivers the goods - just listen to Phil's bass on China Cat and, really, throughout the set - this is another one of those real crazy Phil-heavy shows (see also 8/14 from this year) that you'll probably find irresistible. The Other One suite goes through a myriad of transitions, Truckin' is rock-solid, and the end suite is as you expect.
Overall, this one's slightly overrated but still worth it, IMHO...
This is also the first time I've heard Weir, not Garcia, sing "wish I was a headlight..." (Rider).
And the 'Miracle of Saint Stephen'! Love it!
What is the purpose of segregating 14 seconds of drums and making it a separate track? It should be part of The Other One.
Subject: Lost in The Bronx
Subject: Way better than I remembered!!
Listening to this show reminds me of why I used to go to Dead shows.
Subject: Da Bronx?
There are some issues with this mix and some other sonic anomalies (tape warble), and the playing is ragged at times, but what do you expect? Its the Bronx for chrisakes! You think they were going to play a beautiful Dark Star with elevated trains going by?
However, this is show is packed with some stunning highlights:
It's Pigs last show until December, and he shines! The Empty Pages is just unreal! H2H is simply dynamite, as is the first set Good Lovin'. The entire second set rocks!
I don't know whether this show is underated or over-hyped, but judging by the crackling energy more prevalent on the audience source, it must have been fun! (96 pts)
Subject: first set
Subject: Hard to Handle
Subject: Pig's last show till december
as for this show.....pretty hot playing, great song selection. what more could you ask for? except for maybe a tiny tiny bit less hiss but im not complaining. it mostly seems to dissapear once i burn the show to cd an listen to it on my home stereo system for some reason. no idea why.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 26, 1971 at Gaelic Park, The Bronx, NYC, New York, U.S.A.
Charlie's version of this show is far superior to the other version listed on the IA, see below:
There is a new verison of the August 6, 1971 show on the IA and it sounds fantastic. Check it out, if it hasn't been yanked yet:
1971 is a precious year, it's nice to see these shows sounding so good. Keep up the good work. 1971 is a GOLD MINE.
All the shows from 1971 should undergo a complete 'facelift' audio speaking. 1971 is worth all the work it takes to make these shows sound new.
I highly recommend clicking on Charlie Miller's name and collecting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.
Thank you Mr. Miller...
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
Subject: Not Pigpen's Last Show
Can't comment much on this source except to say it's mostly solid and from Charlie Miller so I imagine the quality is strong throughout.I can say emphatically that this is a criminally underrated show. Incredible versions abound throughout. For perspective's sake, 8/6/71 is one of the finest Audience recordings in music history, has a fun bertha and a great H2H. This Bertha is easily its equal and for my money, much better, aside from those 2 songs, 8/6 is like minor league ball compared with this show.
Much love for 8/6 but as one of the most dl'd and reviewed shows on archive it seemed a good comparison to make. Point being, don't miss out on this show.
Subject: Dohhh !!!!!!!
Subject: Ron's last show